December 28th, 2012 – Lauren’s 2nd VisitPosted: January 6, 2013
Lauren and I have now officially spent 2 New Years Eves together. Last one was kinda crazy so we decided to have a mellow one in CO. Plus she’s always curious about Colorado’s champagne powder (no, not exactly sticking a bottle of champagne in the snow and have a drink before hitting the slope).
I wanted to ski, but I hadn’t been practicing much since my last lesson. Lauren is on a different level than me on the slope and I didn’t want to bore her with bunny hills, so I rented a snowboard also. Not that I’m good at snowboarding, I just have better control of it.
Our first day started with a quick and cheap half day warm up on Loveland! It was SO PACKED!!! Right in my comfort zone of driving on snow/ice and difficulty of the runs, I was able to get on blue runs in 2 hours!
After 3 full hours of snowboarding, my legs were SO BURNING! We headed back in town for some amazers Ethiopian food!
Ended the night with some Ethiopian red wines and cheesecake, we went to bed quite early for a long snowboarding day ahead!
Although a MASSIVE ski resort, this place was packed! Both being unfamiliar with the runs, we decided to try on a green run, which resulted in 30+min long wait just to get on the lift! We tried the green runs a couple more times, that was a horrible idea. I was sure we both had a meh time.
We had a short lunch by the fireplace and decided to hit up the blue runs. The day changed since then. The lines to get on the lifts for blues were super short. We had loads of fun on all the different runs!! There were literally so many runs we only got to try each one once at a time!
We played till the lifts closed, then headed in town for a quick touristy walk to avoid traffic. Breckenridge has a cute town, very snowy, wintery and christmassy. Hot chocolates were served and some souvenir shopping was done. Amazing snowy night. I’ve also learned why despite traffic, people still tried to drive home before sun goes down. Driving in the pitch dark mountains was SO FREAKY! I could barely see the pavement markings or much of anything ahead of me! It took us a bit long to get home since I was driving slower. We bought some hot pot ingredients from the Asian market and made HOT POT!
I was truly amazed by how sore I was on New Years Eve! Since working out so much, I haven’t felt sore for a while and snowboarding finally got me! We decided to have a mellow day trying out the most famous restaurant of Denver – Sam’s No. 3 and doing some wine tasting before checking into the hotel for New Years Eve party!
No kidding. Sam’s No. 3′s Colorado Pork Green Chili was OMGYUMS, although all their menu items include a side of heart attack.
With all the wineries there are in Denver area, this was the only winery that opens on a Monday. They have 20 wines ranges from whites, reds to sweets to try, ALL FOR FREE!!! They also offer wine tours to check out where they make their wines. It has got to be the cutest winery I’ve ever been, even beat Sonoma or Napa. We didn’t get a chance to have lunch, but just by looking at what other people were having, it looks like they serve great wine tasting food as well.
I’m so glad I discovered this place! It’ll definitely be one of the must-go places I’ll take future visitors.
I must admit the New Years Eve at Grand Hyatt was kinda meh, mostly because the crowd was so old. They had 2 rooms of music and casino night. Lauren and I both agreed it felt a lot like a wedding – mixture of all ages trying to enjoy the “latest” music (by latest, I meant the songs were played at New Years Eve in Vegas 2 years ago).
After a night of drinking, I was able to convince Lauren to hit up Manitou, at 20 degrees!!!
The trail was covered in SNOW and ice! We shared a set of cleats. It was so cold, my sweat turned into ICE!!!!
We made it home without frostbites! Her last night ended with leftover hot pot, wines we bought from the winery, Taiwanese pineapple cake and pistachios. OH PISTACHIOS. She also taught me how to use my fireplace, which I’ve been scared to do because I didn’t want to burn the house down.
Her visit has changed a lot on me. I picked snowboarding back up and am now loving the winter. So here’s what happened…
New addition to the family – snowboard & boots! I want to get good at this and stop tumbling down mountains as much!
And my new obsession….
My fireplace (and the Coloradoy blanky I bought at Manitou with her) is so cozy! It truly makes me happy and a great way to end a cold day. It motivates me to get out in the cold during the day so I know this fire at night with hot tea and dinner would be a treat!!! Loving, LOVING Colorado. And yes, I’m currently writing this blog (on a cracked computer) in front of the fireplace, with Jazz playing and a hot green tea. <3